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Instruments > Piano > Beginners Guide to Piano

Piano Lessons

Learn how to play your favorite popular and classical piano pieces from esteemed pianist and educator, Zachary Deak! Start your musical journey by learning basic piano scales, performance techniques, and beginner music theory through iconic piano music you know and love. These adult beginner piano lessons will quickly teach you everything needed to play your favorite music on the piano.

Popular & Classical Piano PiecesPiano Scales + Methods

Sheet Music + Study MaterialsBasic Music Theory

Beginners Guide to Piano

What You'll Learn

What ultimately sets these beginner piano lessons apart from other offerings is the ability to submit a video for review using the ArtistWorks Video Exchange Learning® platform. Zachary reviews each submission and records a video response- just for you! You'll learn how to play piano at your own pace, but guidance is at your fingertips. Progress checkpoint videos help you gauge your progress too.

Top Quality Beginner Piano Lessons

  • 100s of piano lessons at your own pace
  • Specifically geared to adult beginners
  • Easy Piano Lessons & Tunes

About Zachary Deak

A lecturer in the keyboard departments at California State University, Los Angeles and Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, CA, pianist Zachary Deak has dedicated his life to musical performance and education. A graduate of the prestigious École Normale de Musique de Paris and Royal College of Music in London, Zachary has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the US, UK, France, Morocco, Portugal, and more. Zachary was also the 2012 recipient of the Hopkinson silver medal at the distinguished Chappell Medal Piano Competition and the Lucy Ann Jones Award during his time at the Royal College of Music. He earned a Doctorate in Piano Performance from the University of Southern California. Throughout his career, Zachary has studied and performed with revered pianists such as Murray Perahia, Maria Joao Pires, Dang Thai Son, Vladimir Feltsman, Alexander Korsantia, Marc Durand, and more. As a passionate educator, he has taught piano students of all ages and skill levels, and, like many premier musicians, calls Southern California his home. Zachary has been teaching the “Beginner’s Guide to Piano” course as part of our Adult Beginner series at ArtistWorks since December 2021.

Beginner's Guide to Piano Lessons

Section 1

C Major Pentascale
"Ode to Joy"
Technical Exercise 1
"Au Clair De La Lune"
Technical Exercise 1 - Expanded
Technical Exercise 1 - Expanded - Play Alongs
"Amazing Grace"
"Amazing Grace" - Metronome Versions
How to Successfully Play with a Metronome
Technical Exercise 2
Principles of Good Practicing
Section 1 Checkpoint

Section 2

Sight Reading Exercise 1
G Major Pentascale
Finding Other Pentascales
"Minuet" - Alexander Reinagle
"Simple Gifts" - Aaron Copland
Bela Bartok Piece
Finding Other Minor Pentascales
Technical Exercise 3
Building a Practice Regimen
Going from Major to Minor and Back
Section 2 Checkpoint

Section 3

The Minor Chord
What is Harmony
The i-v-vi-iv Progression
Full Major Scale
Full Major Scale - Multiple Octaves
Full Minor Scale
Sight Reading Exercise 2
The 3 types of Minor Scale
"Allegretto" - Cornelius Gurlitt
Section 3 Checkpoint

Section 4

Chords with Inversions
Chords with Inversions - Play Along Exercise
Tempo Indications
Chromatic Scale
Contrary Motion - Hands Together
Parallel Motion - Hands Together: The C Major Scale
The G Major Scale
The G Major Scale - Play Along
Sight Reading Exercise 3
Cross Hand Arpeggios
Cross Hand Arpeggios - Play Along Exercise
"The Wild Horseman" - Robert Schumann
Section 4 Checkpoint

Section 5

"Musette" - J.S. Bach
"Red River Valley"
L'Arabesque by Friedrich Burgmuller
Section 5 Checkpoint

Section 6

The G Minor Scale
"The Sick Doll" - Tchaikovsky
Full Arpeggios
"C Major Prelude" - J.S. Bach
Section 6 Checkpoint

Start Here

Welcome to the Course
Learning Tips
Introduction to Lessons
Introduction to Video Exchange

Piano Basics

Keyboard Basics

Zachary Deak Performances

"Klavierstücke No. 1" - Solo Performance
"Le Cathédrale Engloutie" - Solo Performance
"Nocturnes, Op. 37: No. 1" - Solo Performance

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What's In This Plan:

  • Unlimited Access to Lessons
  • Sample Video Exchanges
  • 1 Video Submission to Teacher
  • Music Theory Workshop